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Many people dream of traveling the world and Graham Hughes has made those dreams come true.  By world, we mean the whole world - Graham visited all 201 countries in the world within 4 years!  To make things even more incredible, he did his entire adventure without a single flight! 



Guinness World Records has him down as visiting the most countries within a single year without flying.  At the end of his journey, he received the world record for the only individual to visit every single country without flying.

A few items helped him along the way.  First, he's from the UK, and his British passport allowed him access to all countries.  He set a budget for $100 a week.  He used CouchSurfing.org which allowed him to spend the night for free.  Graham always traveled very light.





'I think I also wanted to show that the world is not some big, scary place, but in fact is full of people who want to help you even if you are a stranger.', Graham says.

And that's what's good,

Jon

References:
Graham's website - http://www.theodysseyexpedition.com
MailOnline - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239087/Graham-Hughes-British-man-person-visit-201-countries-WITHOUT-using-plane.html


Full country list in order:

SOUTH AMERICA

1. Uruguay
2. Argentina
3. Paraguay
4. Bolivia
5. Chile
6. Peru
7. Ecuador
8. Colombia
9. Venezuela
10. Brazil
11. Guyana
12.Suriname

THE CARIBBEAN

13. Trinidad & Tobago
14. Grenada
15. St. Vincent & The Grenadines
16. Barbados
17. St. Lucia - Martinique**
18. Dominica
19. St. Kitts & Nevis
20. Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua: He visited palm fringed beaches in The Caribbean
St. Martin/Sint Maarten
British Virgin Islands
US Virgin Islands
21. Dominican Republic
22. Haiti
23. Jamaica

CENTRAL AND NORTH AMERICA

24 Mexico
25 Guatemala
26 El Salvador
27 Nicaragua
28 Honduras
29 Costa Rica
30 Panama
31 Belize
32 The United States of America
33 The Bahamas - The Conch Republic**
34 Cuba
35 Canada


EUROPE

36 Iceland - The Faroe Islands**
37 The Netherlands
38 Belgium
Cape Verde: He spent four days on a 'leaky fishing boat' getting to this Atlantic isle
39 France
40 England*
41 Wales*
42 Ireland
43 Northern Ireland*
44 Scotland*
45 Luxembourg
46 Germany
47 Denmark
48 Sweden
49 Norway
50 Finland
51 Estonia
52 Russia
53 Latvia
54 Lithuania
55 Belarus
56 Poland
57 The Czech Republic
58 Slovakia
59 Hungary
60 Romania
61 Moldova
62 Ukraine
63 Bulgaria
USA: He saw a space shuttle take off in America
64 Greece
65 Macedonia
66 Kosovo*
67 Montenegro
68 Serbia
69 Albania
70 Croatia
71 Bosnia & Herzegovina
72 Slovenia
73 Austria
74 Liechtenstein
75 Switzerland
76 Italy
77 Vatican City*
78 Malta
79 Tunisia (Africa)
80 San Marino
81 Monaco
82 Andorra
83 Spain
84 Portugal

AFRICA

85 Morocco
Estonia: Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, the most northern of the Baltic states
86 Western Sahara*
87 Mauritania
88 Senegal
89 Cape Verde
90 The Gambia
91 Guinea-Bissau
92 Mali
93 Guinea
94 Sierra Leone
95 Liberia
96 Côte D’Ivoire
97 Ghana
98 Togo
99 Benin
100 Burkina Faso
101 Niger
102 Nigeria
103 Cameroon
104 Chad
105 Central African Republic
106 Equatorial Guinea
107 Gabon
108 Saõ Tomé & Principé
109 Congo
110 Democratic Republic of Congo
Kenya: Masai Warrior in red standing near Acacia tree
111 Angola
112 Namibia
113 South Africa
114 Botswana
115 Lesotho
116 Swaziland
117 Mozambique
118 Zimbabwe
119 Malawi
120 Zambia
121 Tanzania
122 Comoros
123 Madagascar - Reunion**
124 Mauritius
125 Rwanda
126 Burundi
127 Uganda
128 Kenya
129 Ethiopia - Somaliland**
130 Somalia
131 Djibouti

MIDDLE EAST AND ASIA

132 Saudi Arabia
133 Egypt (Africa)
134 Sudan (Africa)
135 Jordan
136 Palestine*
137 Israel
138 Syria
139 Lebanon
140 Turkey
Iraqi Kurdistan**
141 Iraq
142 Cyprus (Europe)
Northern Cyprus**
143 Libya (Africa)
144 Algeria (Africa)
145 Georgia
146 Armenia
147 Azerbaijan
148 Kazakhstan
Karakalpakstan**
149 Uzbekistan
150 Kyrgyzstan
151 Tajikistan
152 Turkmenistan
Papua New Guinea: He danced with highlanders from Papua New Guinea
153 Afghanistan
154 Iran
155 Kuwait
156 Bahrain
157 Qatar
158 United Arab Emirates
159 Oman
160 Yemen
161 Eritrea (Africa)
162 Pakistan
163 India
164 Bangladesh
165 Bhutan
166 Nepal
Tibet**
167 China
168 Mongolia
169 South Korea
170 North Korea
171 Japan
172 Taiwan*
173 Vietnam
174 Cambodia
Borneo: He befriended orangutans in the jungle
175 Thailand
176 Laos
177 Burma
178 Malaysia
179 Singapore
180 Indonesia
181 Brunei
182 The Philippines
183 East Timor
West Papua**

OCEANIA

184 Papua New Guinea
185 Solomon Islands
186 Australia
New Caledonia**
187 Vanuatu
188 Fiji
Wallis & Futuna**
189 Tuvalu
190 Kiribati
191 Marshall Islands
192 Samoa
Hong Kong: He also saw some of the world's biggest and brightest cities
American Samoa**
193 Tonga
194 New Zealand
195 Nauru
Northern Mariana Islands**
Guam**
196 Micronesia
197 Palau
Hong Kong**
Macau**


THE FINAL FRONTIER

198 Sri Lanka
199 The Maldives
200 The Seychelles
201 South Sudan

* Not a member of the UN, but still counts towards The Odyssey 201.

** Dependency, Territory, Semi-Autonomous Region or Largely Unrecognised De-Facto State. Does not count towards The Odyssey 201.

(Source: Hughes' website The Odyssey Expedition)

Published in Lifestyle

Moctar Dembele from Burkina Faso, and Gerard Niyondiko from Burundi, have invented a soap that repels mosquitos!  Their invention, titled "Fasoaop" is made from shea butter, lemongrass oil, and other secret ingredients.

"After using the soap, it leaves on the skin a scent that repels mosquitoes," said Niyondiko. "In addition, waste water products contain substances that prevent the development of mosquito larvae, because the sanitation problem in Africa is one of the causes of mosquito vectors of malaria."

Malaria is an essential issue to tackle.  In 2010, there were 660,000 malaria deaths, 90% of which occurred in Africa.  Most of the affected individuals cannot afford medicines and anti-mosquito creams.

"So we thought of a repellent and larvicidal mosquito soap which will be accessible and affordable to the majority of the population, seeing that soap is a commodity product and especially not going to add other additional costs to the population," says Niyondiko.

Their invention earned them the $25,000 grand prize in the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC).  This competition, created by Berkeley MBA students, is designed to help entrepreneurs from around the world create ideas with a positive impact.  Niyondiko and Dembele came ahead of 650 other competitors from over 40 countries.  This is the first time that an African has win the competition.

"It is a feeling of joy and pride for us and for Africa in general," said Niyondiko. "It also shows that in Africa we are not back(ward) and that Africa's problems can be solved by Africans themselves."

And that's what's good,

Jon

References: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/10/world/africa/students-invent-soap-malaria-fasoap/index.html?sr=fb071013soaphelpmalaria6p

Published in Health

Damian Aspinall, a British conservationist, raised a young gorilla named Kwibi since he was an infant at Howletts Wild Animal Park in England. 

When Kwibi reached the age of 5, Damian released him into the wild in Gabon, West Africa.

Damian's "Aspinall Foundation" has been releasing captive gorillas back into the wild in West Africa for 10 years.

Five years after Kwibi was released, Damian went back to Gabon to see if he could find his old friend.  The short video is very touching!



And that's what's good,
Jon

Published in Environment

Cheing Chut, a pastor in Sudan had a heavy weight on his shoulders.  He knew he had to protect his family and his congregation from the violence against Christians in Sudan.

Cheing sent his family to the U.S. for protection, while he stayed behind to protect his congregation.  Things got worse after 9/11 when the U.S added Sudan to the list of terrorist nations.  This made it nearly impossible for Cheing to go to the U.S. to see his family.

All of that changed recently when he finally was able to meet his family at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.  Cheing, his wife, their six children, and now six grandchildren, had a happy and tearful reunion.

A warm welcome from Chieng's family


'We never thought this day would come,' said daughter Nyahon Chut. 'Praise God.'

And that's what's good,
Jon
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Published in Random Good News

Back in November of 2012, Good World News reported on a neat charity called "Free the Children" which is the brainchild of Craig Kielburger.

This charity is proud to honor award winning actress, Natalie Portman, as their ambassador!  In her ambassador role, she will support education for girls in Kenya.

“Investing in long term sustainable international development, which includes education, is key to breaking the cycle of poverty,” says Natalie. “As a mother and the organization’s newest ambassador, I am grateful to Free The Children for giving me the opportunity to channel my passion and love of children into meaningful action that furthers the education and leadership of young women for years to come. I hope others join me in supporting this important cause.”

Great job Natalie!  We wish you the best in your new role and look forward to great things to come :)

Peace & Love,
Jon
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Published in Random Good News

Zambia bans hunting of lions and leopards

Zambia has become the latest African country to ban hunting of lions and leopards.  Individuals once thought that hunting would bring a lot of money to the country, but the $2 million received from hunting is virtually insignificant to the millions they receive from tourism.

'Tourists come to Zambia to see the lion and if we lose the lion we will be killing our tourism industry,' Sylvia Masebo, the Tourism and Arts Minister states.

Regardless of their reasons, it is very good news that they are banning the killing of these beautiful animals.  The entire environment is dependent on the balance of life within.

Thank you Zambia!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

Published in Environment

Could Kelvin Doe be the next Tony Stark, aka Ironman?  Kelvin is a 15 year old self taught prodigy from Sierra Leone.

"I love inventing", Kevin says.

He goes through trash and discarded materials, finds broken parts, and makes his own inventions.  The electrical grid in Sierra Leone can be described as spotty at best so Kelvin created his own solution.  He made his own battery and created a generator from scrap materials.  Then he created an FM transmitter to broadcast his own radio show.  DJ Focus is what he calls himself on his now successful radio show.

"People normally call me DJ Focus in my community because I believe if you focus you can do an invention perfectly." Kevin states. "I DJ every day".


David Sengeh runs a summer innovation camp in Sierra Leone.  This is where he first met Kelvin.  "People listen religiously to his radio station", Sengeh states.  He was impressed with Kelvin and arranged for the 15 year old to visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a guest resident for 3 weeks.  Sengeh wants to see more Kelvins and to start a movement for youths.

With David's help, Kelvin got to spend countless hours in the labs at M.I.T where he had the opportunity to get help from other students and improve his inventions.  At M.I.T, Kelvin had access to all the electronics that he needed.  "Whatever I have learned here, I will share it with my friends, colleagues, and loved ones and do it as a team" Kevin says.

He was eager to get back to his family and his home country.  He was very grateful for the opportunity, but he definitely missed his family and the food in Sierra Leone.

Kelvin keeps moving forward to improve his skills and help his country.  "My next invention will be a windmill for people to use for electricity", Kevin says confidently :)

Watch the video - it's really an inspirational story.  Everyone can help inspiring youths by sharing the video and helping out non-profits that help youths!

The Good World News Team is really looking forward to seeing more inventions from Kelvin Doe and to see more youths doing amazing things!

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

Published in Technology

Serena and Venus headed to Africa this week to inspire kids in Nigeria.  They went to a private club on Ikoyi Island to play tennis with some of the locals.  Hopefully they'll make it to some of the more rural areas to play with the kids as well!

The two sisters have come far in their careers to become two of the top tennis players in the world. They have proven that anything is possible for anyone.  "We were able to break the mold in a sport that was really dominated by white people ... it doesn't matter what your background is and where you come from. If you have dreams, if you have goals, that's all that really matters."

"We're looking forward to being inspired by the young women in Nigeria and also to inspire them as well. It's a two-way street. We can learn so much from each other," Venus told the governor.

Peace & Love,


Jon

- The Good World News

Published in Sports

Maud Chifamba is showing that with enough determination, you can accomplish ANYTHING.  At the age of 14, she is the youngest person to attend university in not only Zimbabwe, but all of southern Africa!

It wasn't easy getting to this point.  Born on November 19th 1997, she was raised in a poor family that had a farm as their only source of income.  She lost her father at the age of five and her mother last year.  It was only her and two brothers who were left to take care of themselves and the farm.  She says that her parents' passing caused her to work extremely hard. "It really motivated me to work harder because there was no one to take care of me except myself in the future. That was ... a motivator for me to have something to do with my life."

Her brothers couldn't afford to pay for her formal schooling so Maud had to study on her own.  She would spend hours and ho